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TDH: 6/21/11
With this Thursday being City Council's final meeting until the end of July, you know it's gonna be a doozy. The 139 item agenda for this week's meeting, the final one with Randi Shade on the dais, contains action on Formula One, pedicab regulation, the return of Willie's statue, controversial development issues, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, naturally.

12:34PM Tue. Jun. 21, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Scorched Earth
High temperatures, low rainfall and persistent sunshine are what Texas is known for, but this is just ridiculous. Lake Travis is drying up at a rate of one foot each week and has already been marked at 23 feet below average for the month of June.

10:48AM Tue. Jun. 21, 2011, Mark Wilson Read More | Comment »

'Are We Having Fun Yet?'
"Fun." That was the word that Superintendent Meria Carstarphen just used to describe the End of Year Report timeline, an interactive district diary that she said shows "a lot of the great highlights of what's being done in Austin ISD to support the whole child."

9:31PM Mon. Jun. 20, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

TDH: 6/20/11
So … I miss anything this weekend? The Hustle was outta town this weekend, missing the Place 3 run-off election. But despite being hundreds of miles removed, a glimpse at the 7pm early voting totals told me what it did campaigners on the ground in Austin: Randi Shade's re-election chances were over, and Kathie Tovo would be your next City Council member.

2:11PM Mon. Jun. 20, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Skate and BMX Park Finally Here
What can get a couple of hundred skaters and BMXers out in the blazing sun on a June morning? The opening of the city's new Austin Skate & BMX Park. While that may not sound a big deal to some, this 'lambs lying down with lions' moment marks a pivotal step for the Central Texas action sports community.

7:00AM Sun. Jun. 19, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Tovo Gracious in Victory
Kathie Tovo surely must have felt vindicated as she looked out over a sea of sweaty supporters during her victory party Saturday night at Scholz. But after enduring a brutal campaign to defeat a well-financed incumbent, Tovo graciously thanked Council Member Randi Shade for her time in public office.

2:06AM Sun. Jun. 19, 2011, Amy Smith Read More | Comment »

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Shade's Quick Evening
Incumbent Place 3 Council Member Randi Shade began the evening expecting a "very close" runoff against challenger Kathie Tovo, but the early vote numbers came in 55% Tovo, 45% Shade – and the day's numbers were only worse. A little after 9pm, Shade thanked the voters, her supporters, her team, and her partner Kayla Shell, for a hard-fought campaign.

10:24PM Sat. Jun. 18, 2011, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Tovo Defeats Shade
Kathie Tovo pretty obviously had it wrapped up when she took almost 55% of the early vote in her City Council run-off challenge to Randi Shade. Any hope the incumbent had of an Election Day turnaround quickly faded, as Tovo's numbers only improved: She took 58% of today's ballots. Final numbers: Tovo 23,911 (56%), Shade 18,594 (44%).

9:52PM Sat. Jun. 18, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

Tovo Takes Commanding Lead
Austin City Council Place 3 incumbent Randi Shade can probably start packing up her things. Unless there is a huge Election Day turnaround, Kathie Tovo will be moving in. Early voting numbers have Tovo at 55% with 13,640 votes, Shade at 45% with 11,176. A 2,500-vote shift is a bit much to ask.

7:44PM Sat. Jun. 18, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

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